Violet Roberts has been lucky enough to find a wealthy man to fund her dream trip to 1887 Victorian London, but there's one thing: she has to care for his snobbish son Adrian while she's there. To her, it's seems like a reasonable request, and she's so excited she barely thinks about it anyway. She's blinded by her fantasies of glamorous luncheons, extravagant parties and the idea of being accepted into a society of ostentatious socialites; the polar-opposite to the orphanage and music conservatoire she lived in until adult-hood.
When Violet finally reaches England, she finds a land torn by poverty and crime. And the only thing she could count on--her job caring for Adrian--turns out to be more than she bargained for. Adrian is a dashing 22 year old man of vices, spending his days drinking, smoking and gambling. Even with his attractive looks, Violet can't stand his arrogance and constant teasing.
Little does she know, she's been unwillingly drawn into London's dark underbelly; a place of death and politics. Adrian isn't the spoilt pretty boy she first thought and neither is her benefactor. It's a world that's been right in front of her her entire life and it runs in her blood. She can hardly believe any of it, but time is running short. Nobody's safe; especially her. In the heat of battle, she begins to see another side of London, her world, and even Adrian.